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Bear Wise South Ontario

Bear Wise South Ontario

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Published by: The London Free Press on Apr 27, 2010
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Black bears
in Southern Ontario 
Black bears live in some partso southwestern and southernOntario. They are an important parto our ecosystem and contributeto Ontario’s rich biodiversity. Thepresence o black bears on thelandscape is an indication that ournatural spaces are healthy.Here are some acts to help youbetter understand black bears, whythey live here and what you need todo to help keep them wild.Be sae, be responsible,be Bear Wise.
Many people do not expect to see black bears in southwestern or much o southern Ontario. Black bears are most commonly ound in areas north o Highway 7 and on the Bruce Peninsula. Where there is sucient habitat, smallnumbers o black bears have likely been present but gone mostly undetected.There are a number o reasons why black bears may be seen in southern Ontario.Human development continues to expand into the natural spaces that support avariety o wildlie, including bears. People unknowingly can attract them into theircommunities and back yards. In addition, eorts to enlarge and connect greenspaces create more suitable habitat, and black bear populations will disperseacross the landscape.Fortunately, there is a lot that we can do to help keep black bears wild and toprevent bear encounters.
What you should know about black bears:
Black bears preer to avoid people.
Black bears are highly intelligent and curious, and they learn quickly. Oncethey nd ood in yards or garbage bins, they will return until the attractant isremoved or managed.
Almost everything black bears do is related to acquiring ood because theirsurvival depends on it. Many preerred oods o black bears are only availableor short periods or vary greatly in availability rom year to year. Black bearshibernate because their natural oods are not available.
Black bears mostly eat green vegetation, ruits and nuts, and get most o their ood energy in the summer and all when these natural oods are mostplentiul. Late spring rosts, cool and wet springs or summers, drought andre can all aect the supply o natural ood or black bears.
I natural oods are not readily available, black bears willtravel great distances to look or other ood sources.
To report bear problems call:
1 866 514-2327
TTY 705 945-7641In a lie-threatening emergency,call your local police or 911.For more inormation, visitour website:

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